ONE FINAL DAY...

The city of Munich has been well and truly engulfed by football fever ahead of tonight's Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Along the sun-drenched streets of the town, supporters of both clubs have been mixing in good spirits, singing their hearts out, eating, drinking and engaging in good-natured, harmless banter.

The Odeonsplatz, a square in central Munich which has been allocated to Blues followers, is throbbing under the weight of anticipation and expectation as we attempt to make history by winning the competition for the very first time, and those who have made the trip are in confident mood.

James Fleming from Motspur Park has been to every European away game this season and sees no reason as to why we can't overcome the German side.

'Nobody gave us a chance against Napoli, and even less so against Barcelona,' he says. 'So going into the game as the underdogs has served us well up to now.

'Obviously we're missing some big players, especially John Terry and Ramires, but I'm confident we can cope, and the return of David Luiz and Gary Cahill is a massive boost.'

Craig Ludlow from Surrey, meanwhile, echoed those sentiments.

'We all know what the likes of Ribery, Muller and, in particular, Robben are capable of, but in Drogba, as we've seen so many times, we have a player who can win the game on his own' he says.

'Di Matteo seems to have the magic touch in the competition so far and let's hope that continues for one more game.

'The Germans have put on a good show, everything's very well organised and there is something for everyone. The fact the sun is shining makes it even better, let's hope we can top it off by bringing the trophy home.'

Across town at the Olympiapark, which hosted the 1972 Olympics, there has been a day of fun and games for fans an

Chelsea fans in Munichd former players.

Both sets of supporters mingled freely while enjoying the sights and sounds of what Uefa had on offer, trying their hand at various skills tests, watching classic games and visiting the Champions League museum, or simply soaking up the sun.

The main event was in the old Olympic Stadium, scene of the 1974 World Cup Final and Chelsea knocking Bayern Munich out of the Champions League in 2005, where there was hopefully a good omen for what is to follow when a match billed as World All-Stars v Bayern All-Stars and Friends ended in a 3-2 victory for the World side containing several Chelsea players.

Coached by Ruud Gullit, there were spells on the pitch for Gianfranco Zola, Graeme Le Saux and Celestine Babayaro among a line-up that could point to a serious number of winners' medals in major competitions.

Samuel Eto'o's presence in what was almost entirely a contest between retired players raised some eyebrows and he opened the scoring for the blue-clad World side, but Roy Makaay equalised and Bayern took the lead through Giovane Elber.

Zola was involved in Predrag Mijatovic levelling the scores once more and Frank de Boer won it for the World side with a shot from the edge of the area.

Babayaro and Gullit

'My legs are okay but not to play professional football anymore,' Babayaro told the official Chelsea website after the game.

'I still play to keep fit, once or twice a week with the local boys, but nothing special.

'It was good to see Franco and Ruud of course. Graeme and I were reminiscing about the old days when we used to have a good partnership on the left-hand side for Chelsea, but times have moved on.'

Babayaro, still the youngest player to appear in the Champions League, played in Chelsea's first season in the competition. Tonight he will be in the stadium to watch the final.

'Chelsea have nothing to lose,' says the Nigerian. 'There are missing players from both teams and I am sure in the first minutes of the game both teams are going to try each other out, but the pressure is always on you when you are playing at home, and if after 15 to 20 minutes there is no goal then the crowd are going to get agitated. We will see how it goes.'

Nigerian presence remains with John Mikel Obi in the current side.

'I knew Mikel when he was much younger and he was more of an attacking midfield player and for some reason Jose Mourinho tried to shape him more like Makelele, so he is more a defensive player now, gets the ball, gives the ball,' says Babayaro .

'So what are the odds on him scoring in the Champions League Final? But you never can tell, football is a strange game.'